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Lehman College professor digs into country’s Hispanic roots

By Lisbeth Bueno
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Miguel Perez, chair of Lehman College’s journalism, communications and theater department, has had a singular passion throughout his professional life: to inform Americans about this nation’s hidden Hispanic heritage.

Recently, Mr. Perez launched a new bilingual web site, www.hiddenhispanicheritage.com, devoted to rediscovering and uncovering Hispanic roots of the United States. 

“Many Americans simply don’t know that Latinos have a very long history of planting language and cultural roots in what is now U.S. territory,” he said in a press release. 

While Perez’s interest is partly personal — he immigrated to the United States with his family at age 11 from his native Cuba — he said the aim of the project is to set the historical record straight.

“In this country there are many historians and teachers who have decided to teach history starting with the arrival of the British, ignoring what happened before, since April of 1513 when Juan Ponce de Leon arrived in modern-day Florida searching for the fountain of youth,” he said, during a recent interview with EFE, a Spanish International news agency.

He argues that while Christopher Columbus is given the credit for discovering America, in fact, he discovered the islands that are now Cuba, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic; while Juan Ponce de Leon, the Spanish conquistador, discovered what is now mainland America when he discovered what is now Florida.

According to Mr. Perez, America should be celebrating its quincentennial in April 2013.

“I find it amazing that we are just a few months away from a big birthday in our nation’s history and nothing is being planned,” Mr. Perez said in a press release.

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Bronx151

I would like this Mr. Perez to explain to me why we should celebrate the hispanics. I would like him to name on important thing that these people have done for this country. Because as far as I can see the only thing that these people have done is bring in more gangs, people who are on assistance, thsee people do not wan to be Americans, they prove this by not speaking the language or acccepting the culture of this great country. They only want their language and their cultural They have no use for us.

So WHY IF THEY ARE SO PROUD OF THEIR ROOTS WHY DON'T THEY GO BACK TO WHERE EVER IT IS THEY COME FROM AND DROP DEAD.

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